Clinics

Rural and remote Australia is characterised by small, widely dispersed populations - and a lack of easy access to primary health care services. The RFDS works to overcome this, providing regular fly-in fly-out GP, Nursing and AlliedHealth Clinics to rural and remote communities.

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Graphic: blood pressure being taken

In many of the locations where these clinics are provided, the RFDS is the only provider of health care services -- and takes the place of 'local' providers. As a result, the RFDS delivers health care services to the people and families throughout their whole lives. In 2014/2015, the RFDS facilitated 15,0248 clinics and saw 135,074 patients.

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Rural Women's GP Service in VIC

Often women prefer to consult with a female doctor for a range of health issues. RFDS Victoria provides a Rural Women's GP service in small communities in the North West, North East and South East of Victoria.

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Di Murphy RFDS, Lottie Birley, Madeleine Tatnell and Ruby Tatnell

Primary Health Care in TAS

The vision of RFDS Tasmania is to improve health outcomes for all Tasmanians with a specific focus on remote and rural areas.

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Aboriginal Health Coordinator in SA/NT

The Aboriginal Health Coordinator focuses on providing a service specific to Aboriginal communities in South Australia. The position operates from the Port Augusta Base to liaise with Aboriginal patients of all ages, RFDS staff and health professionals.

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GP & Nurse Clinics in SA/NT

Regular fly-in GP and Community Health Nurse clinics are conducted to remote stations and communities from our Port Augusta Base fortnightly. Primary Health Care Services are also available from RFDS Port Augusta Base to those in living, working and travelling in remote SA and at RFDS Health Services in Marree, Marla and Andamooka. These clinics are staffed by Remote Area Nurses and supported by a modern, fully-equipped 4WD ambulance service.

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QLD Primary health care

The RFDS provide a comprehensive range of health care services at a range of locations including rural towns, remote stations, mines, oil fields, national parks and island resorts.

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Clinics in NSW/ACT

Our established clinic program takes around 5,000 clinics to more than 20 remote communities each year. Remote clinics involve us flying medical professionals - doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health team members and specialists, from our bases into rural and remote locations. Providing preventative healthcare services is a key focus for the RFDS SE and can sometimes prevent the need for emergency retrievals.

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Clinic catchup: Tibooburra

"Having access to a GP service through a clinic can mean early detection, and treatment," says Alison. "This can save lives in remote communities, as well as avoid emergency retrievals which can occur if things go untreated to the point that they escalate."

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Learn more about the services that the RFDS provides.

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